Private Charles William Mercer

 

Charles William Mercer
© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Charles William Mercer Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
Charles William Mercer Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

Charles William Mercer Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

Charles William Mercer was born on the 21st of June 1884 in Dorking, Surrey to carpenter Thomas and Eliza (nee King). He was baptised on the 3rd of August 1884 at St Paul’s Church in Dorking. At this time the family lived at 7 Hampstead Road in Dorking.

His father Thomas was born in the 3rd quarter of 1842 in Dorking to sawer and carpenter William (1817-1897), and Mary (nee Taylor) (1824-1902)). William was the son of wheelwright and sawer William and Mary. Mary Taylor was the daughter of carpenter Charles and Phillis. Thomas was baptised on the 11th of December 1842 at St Mary’s Church in Holmwood. His mother Eliza was born in the 3rd quarter of 1854 in Dorking to labourer Frederick (1829-1902) and Ann (nee Skilton (1831-1912)). Frederick was the son of labourer John and Martha. Ann was the daughter of labourer Peter and Rebecca. Eliza was baptised on the 13th of August 1854 at St Mary’s Church in Holmwood. At the time of the 1871 Census, Eliza was a servant to a watercolour artist and landscaper in Holmwood. Thomas and Eliza  married on the 11th of March 1876 at St Mary’s Church in Holmwood. At the time of the marriage, the couple lived in Holmwood and Thomas was working as a carpenter.

Charles had five siblings: Eliza Mary Anne  born in the 3rd quarter of 1879; Louisa Alice born on the 19th of July 1882; Albert John Willie born in the 4th quarter of 1888 and the twins Emily Ellen and Lilian Fanny born on the 11th of December 1892, all in Dorking, Surrey.

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived in Hampstead Road in Dorking. Thomas was working as a carpenter and Eliza was looking after their daughter Eliza Mary Anne.

Charles William Mercer 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Charles William Mercer 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family moved to 12 Hampstead Road in Dorking. Thomas was still working as a carpenter and Eliza was looking after their children Eliza, Anne, Louisa Alice, Charles William and Albert John Willie.

Thomas Mercer died in 1899 and he was buried on the 3rd of December 1899 at in the Dorking Municipal Cemetery.

Charles William Mercer 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk
Charles William Mercer 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

Charles William Mercer 1901 Census 2 © findmypast.co.uk
Charles William Mercer 1901 Census 2 © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, Eliza was living with her children: grocer’s boy Charles and scholars Albert, Emily and Lilian at 20 Hampstead Road. In the household also lived three lodgers: house painter Mr. Smith, carriage painter Mr. Collins and photographer Mr. Law.

Charles William Mercer 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk
Charles William Mercer 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1911, the family lived at 6 Harrowgate Gardens in Dorking. Eliza was at home and her son Charles was working as a gardener. The accommodation had four rooms.

Charles enlisted in Dorking. He became a private of the Royal Fusiliers with a regimental number G26161. Later he was transferred into the 12th Battalion the Cornwall’s Light Infantry. His new regimental number was 26114.

Netley Hospital © Alexandra Edwards (ex QARANC)
Royal Victoria Hospital © Alexandra Edwards (ex QARANC)

Charles died on the 10th of May 1916 at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Netley, Hampshire. He was buried on the 14th of May 1916 in Dorking Cemetery. His grave reference is 3.8523. The headstone bears inscription “Until the Day Break” commissioned by his mother, Eliza.

Charles William Mercer Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk
Charles William Mercer Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

Eliza received £1, 10s, 7d on the 10th of July 1916; 7s, 8d on the 19th of June 1917; and £3 on the 29th of October 1919 in Soldier’s Effects. His sisters Eliza and Louisa received 7s, 8d on the 10th of July 1916 in Soldier’s Effects.

His brother Albert John Willie Mercer died on the 15th of April 1918 in an action in France. He is commemorated at the Ploegsteert Memorial Cemetery in Belgium.

Eliza Mercer died in 1933 in Dorking, Surrey.

Charles William Mercer
© 2015 Royston Williamson
Born Dorking, Surrey
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of Eliza and the late Thomas Mercer
Regiment 12th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Number 26144
Former Regiment Royal Fusiliers
Number G/26161
Date of Death 10th May 1916
Place of Death Netley Military Hospital, Netley, Hampshire
Age 31
Cemetery Dorking Cemetery, Dorking